During February 2013, I took three of the four Wilton’s cake decorating courses. I really enjoyed all of the courses but you do a lot more work (read that as homework) than the first course I took in January. This course teaches you how to make various fondant and gum paste flowers along with how to cover a cake and cake board with fondant and decorate your cake with your own design. Here is my final cake. I was happy with the outcome but did have a bit of difficulty with covering the cake and the fondant cracking in one place. This was due to the fact that I had rolled my fondant too thin.
Now to give you a little information about what else was involved in this course. Since I had purchased the big tool kit when I took the 1st course, I didn’t have to buy many things for this particular course. Also, the advantage of taking all three at once was sharing the same material (gum paste and fondant) for all of them. I did have to buy, specifically for this course, a large fondant rolling pin, a mat to roll the fondant on, a 12″ diameter 1/2″ high cake board, fondant to cover cake and cake board, a box for the cake.
In the first class you learn how to colour fondant and gumpaste using gel paste. We learnt how to make a bow and also make rose bases for rose, carnation and mums. It doesn’t sound like much but time does fly when you are making them. Second class involved learning how to make carnations, roses, calla lily and rose leaves. I was happy with the flowers I made in class.
The 3rd class included making daisies, mums and covering the cake board with fondant. Although my flowers were good but after I brought them home and they dried, my mums lost a few petals when I was trying to move it and wasn’t that careful. Gum paste flowers can be very fragile once they are dry.
In preparation for the final class I made 7 roses, 3 rose buds, 6 calla lilies and 2 briar roses. I wanted to dust them with petal dust but I didn’t have enough time to do that. Also had to bake 2 8″ cakes, make buttercream icing. The amount of stuff I had to carry to the class was insane! But I was not the only one. It took me about an hour and a half to put the cake together from filling to icing to covering it with fondant and decorating it. Here is another look at all the decorations I learnt during this course!